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Home invasions: Victorian domestic space and the figure of the outsider

Home invasions: Victorian domestic space and the figure of the outsider

Rodems, Kathleen

Master of Arts in English, The Keep: Eastern Illinois University, May 5 (2007)

Abstract

Victorian fiction often represents a domestic space that is designed both architecturally and psychologically to protect its residents from the external harsh and hostile world. Novelists ofthe period perceived a weakness in the domestic fortress and incorporated characters that could enter these homes in various ways, whether invited or not, and threatened to expose the families to the world they represented. This thesis investigates characters able to disrupt this domestic idea of privacy including the orphaned outsider Heathcliff from Emily Bronte’s Wuthering Heights (1847), the impostor Lucy Graham in Mary Elizabeth Braddon’s Lady Audley’s Secret (1862), and the detective Sergeant Cuff in Wilkie Collins’ The Moonstone (1868).

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